A medically supervised drug and alcohol detox program is the first step toward lasting recovery. At New Method Wellness, we know how important it is to create a strong foundation for long-term sobriety. That is why we ensure that our patients have a safe and comfortable experience while working through the symptoms of drug and alcohol withdrawal.
If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, our Orange County detox can help. Our licensed and accredited detox facilities provide Incidental Medical Services (IMS) to ensure the safety and comfort of our patients. Our staff is available round the clock to provide 24/7 professional support for people overcoming their physical dependence on drugs and alcohol.
Drug and alcohol detox is the pharmacological component of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, usually the first and necessary step in the addiction treatment process by which the provider safely manages an individual’s physical withdrawal symptoms. Clients are placed under round-the-clock supervision to safeguard against potential health risks that would require immediate intervention.
The purpose of drug and alcohol detox is to make the rehabilitative experience as safe and comfortable as possible. The cessation of illicit drug use and alcohol consumption often results in withdrawal symptoms, which would quickly lead to relapse without the aid and support of a compassionate, skilled team of providers. To mitigate cravings and symptoms of withdrawal, a physician or registered nurse would safely prescribe medication.
If an individual is not responding to the medication, the provider will adjust the dosage as needed or find a suitable alternative. In addition to clearing the patient’s body of chemical toxins, the provider will also clinically manage co-occurring mental and emotional disorders.
Detoxification requires a personalized approach, as the recovery journey is different for each person. A number of factors determine the length of drug and alcohol detox, and a team of clinicians and providers must evaluate each client based on certain criteria, such as the following:
There is no set duration for the detoxification process. It ends when the individual is physically comfortable and safe enough to proceed to the next step of recovery without any chemical dependence.
Alcohol and Drug Detox is required if withdrawal symptoms are potentially life-threatening or if they cause considerable physical discomfort and pain. If the drug does not cause extreme physical danger or discomfort, it may cause psychological cravings which require medicated-assisted treatment. Providers often recommend or require drug and alcohol detox if their clients have used the following drugs:
Clients receive compassionate and emotional support while they learn relapse-prevention strategies within our luxurious residential settings.
Withdrawal symptoms vary widely, depending on the drug(s) of choice and the severity of physiological dependence. Due to the dangers of self-detoxification (i.e., quitting “cold turkey”), it is vitally important to seek help from medical experts who will safely monitor the patient and administer medications to ease withdrawal symptoms.
At New Method Wellness, appropriate, FDA-approved medications are used to help with the detoxification process. The list below describes some of the most common symptoms associated with each type of drug withdrawal:
The symptoms of opiate withdrawal include Diarrhea, depression, anxiety, cravings, nausea, agitation, restlessness, muscle cramping, dilated pupils, watery eyes, sweating, insomnia, and tremors.
The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include seizures, anxiety, tremors, disorientation, headaches, insomnia, irritability, shakiness, loss of appetite, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, nervousness, and hallucinations.
The symptoms of cocaine withdrawal include the inability to concentrate, chills, sexual dysfunction, fatigue, anhedonia, depression, muscle aches, suicidal ideations, cravings, nightmares, and slower thinking.
The symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal include dissatisfaction, irritability, exhaustion, nightmares, insomnia, anxiety, lethargy, depression, suicidal ideation, changes in appetite, and pale skin.
The symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal include panic attacks, sleep disturbance, hallucinations, memory loss, dry retching, suicidal ideation, stiffness, seizures, psychosis, palpitations, and headaches.
New Method Wellness utilizes only FDA-approved medications to assist individuals in overcoming their cravings for alcohol and drugs. While methadone is part of the standard treatment program in most drug rehabilitation centers, we do not use it because of the risks involved with its highly addictive pharmacological properties. While each person is unique and assessed by the provider individually, two of the more common medications utilized during the alcohol and/or drug detoxification process are Ativan and/or Suboxone.
Ativan belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, more commonly referred to as “benzos.” Incidentally, benzodiazepine abuse is common among patients who are treated for anxiety and other co-occurring disorders in association with substance abuse. During the drug and alcohol detoxification process, Ativan may be used briefly to detox our alcohol and benzo-dependent clients safely.
Suboxone is the trade name for buprenorphine and naloxone. You might be familiar with some brand names such as Bunavail, Suboxone, and Zubsolv. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, Suboxone is available in the form of a tablet and dissolvable film. The weak euphoric effects of Suboxone make it ideal for opioid treatment because it has a low risk of overdose. Suboxone, if required, may be used briefly only during the drug and alcohol detox phase.
After clients receive clearance from the provider, they will begin the next step of their recovery journey. Each person has a client-centered treatment plan which may include holistic therapy and other evidence-based interventions.
Do you have questions about our drug and alcohol detox programs? For more information or to schedule a tour of one of our gorgeous residential homes, please call (866) 951-1824 today!
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We provide Incidental Medical Services (IMS) that address the medical issues associated with detoxification and the provision of treatment for substance misuse. The goal of IMS is to enhance the safety of treatment services and provide medical care related to the individual’s long-term recovery.
Deanna Crosby is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with over 20 years of experience working with clients in recovery. Her expertise has catapulted her into the spotlight. Featured on several episodes of the Dr. Phil Show as a mental health expert, DeAnna is a routine contributor for NBC News, The Huffington Post, Elle Magazine, MSN, Fox News, Yahoo, Glamour, Today, and several other prominent media outlets.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Irvine, Crosby did postgraduate work at Centaur University where she graduated at the top of her class with a CAADAC certification in Centaur’s chemical dependency program. Following her time at Centaur, Crosby received her Master of Counseling Psychology degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she also attained a Doctoral Degree in Depth Psychology.
From all of us at New Method Wellness co-occurring treatment center, we wish you peace and serenity in knowing that you or your loved one will get the necessary help.